YOUR DONATION MAKES A DIFFERENCE TO THE FOOD-INSECURE, NEEDY FAMILIES, AND GARDENERS WITH LIMITED MOBILITY

 

 

 

WE LOVE OUR DONORS, THANK YOU SO MUCH! We are all volunteer and donor run, so it is people like you who have made this beautiful place happen.

 We are currently raising money for our Accessible Port-a-John for 2017. This is not  glamorous but it sure is necessary. Our gardeners in wheelchairs can't join us again to garden if we don't have the wheelchair accessible toilet. Please help with this. Click on the DONATE button below and THANK YOU!

Our NEXT PROJECT IS: Completing the Educational Children's Garden. Also, completing the Accessible Recreation Area. Stay tuned, we've just begun the planning.

Our most recent fundraising effort was centered on creating a 30 x 30 Accessible Garden Plot, so that people using wheelchairs and walkers can join the other 100+ gardeners to learn to grow their own food and attend sustainability workshops here at the farm. We did it! WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT in 2016 WE WERE AWARDED A GRANT, from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, in the amount of $4,871 to build our Sunshine Garden! We also were awarded a grant from Kitchen Gardens International in the amount of $400 for adaptable tools. Caffe Anello and owner John Vitale supported us with over $2,000 in donations from their Tuscan Dinner fundraiser held here at the farm. Elaine Kurie raised money via her Paint n Sip fundraiser. Your donations, your support of the Tuscan Dinner fundraiser, plus these generous grants made it possible to purchase the raised beds, bench, trellis, adaptable garden tools, garden plants and more. Thanks to FRM Construction Services for helping us with the pathway and parking construction, and to all our volunteers who put the garden together. Thank you so much! We are pleased to present our before and after pictures of our project.

 

 Donna Valente of the Reeve Foundation presents Linda Grinthal of Sunset Vista with  grant award, July 10, 2015.

 

          

 

 

See slideshow of the Sunshine Garden being built: 

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You can also Make a Donation and provide fresh, all-natural produce to needy families.

Additional donations enable us to purchase much needed fencing to protect the produce, supplies to educate our visitors, flyer materials to invite inner city schoolchildren, picnic tables for the community gardeners, compensation for our wonderful guides and instructors, animal feed and so much more.

With your donation, we will send you a personal thank you note and a free admission voucher to attend your choice of one of our workshops. We never take donations for granted!

 

Find out what the community is doing at our Community Garden and farm. We are a "happening place"! Click on the SIGN UP button to receive occasional newsletters from the farm, not too many , we promise.

Our farm/Community Garden is a member of the New Jersey Farm Bureau, Slow Food USA, Natural Start Alliance, the National Arbor Day Foundation, Northeast Organic Farming Association, Local Harvest,  North West New Jersey Timebanks. Linda Grinthal is also a member of the Sussex County Vocational-Technical School's Agricultural Advisory Committee for 2015, and UNICO the Italian "service before self" organization.

 

OUR SPONSORS

Thanks to the following donors who have helped enable food-insecure families to learn to grow their own food in our gardens, and supported our accessible garden for those with limited mobility.

MAJOR DONORS: Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Kitchen Gardens International, St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Sparta, John Vitale of Caffe Anello Westwood NJ, Fullerton Nursery, Bakers Creek Heirloom Seeds (rareseeds.org), Joanna Steinberg Varone, Esq..

GARDEN ANGEL SPONSORS: Hands on the World Global LLC, Sparta UNICO, ThorLabs, Dave & Maryann Gherlone, Dan Corrigan, Remax Realty, Lakeland Bank, Service Rural Electric, The Wood Family, David Kolstad, Jordan Koza, Township of Andover Municipal Building Employees Casual Day Contributors, Stephen Ludwig, Ukraine Agricultural visitors of May 2016,  and Anonymous Gardeners

GREEN THUMB SPONSORS:  Dolores Blackburn, Karen Hall of Office Pros Bookkeeping, Trisha NcNally, William C. Mack Law Office, Adam Holbrook of Smart Water Solutions, The Agricultural Learning Center at the Fairgrounds, Central Sussex Garden Club of Fredon, the Wooddy family, Rudolph Technologies, Mark Fortier, Triple Crown Realtors, Dennis and Barbara Offner, the Spectors, Darius Handrich

SUNSHINE SPONSORS: Stephanie Ghostkeeper, Amy Stewart, Clinton Hill, Jillian Haydinger, Bryan & Katie Olsen, Kim Latham, Chester Wyka, Val Smith, First Hope Bank, Rudolph Technologies, Melissa Kerbel, Gina Mathis, Florence Vidam, Ron Pondiscio, Scott & Kathy Miller, Claire and Richard Carlson, Karen Felix, the Kervatt Family, Dave Alcock, Diane Ippolito, Carolyn Gerdes, Rebecca Staub, Lynn Bernstein, and Anonymous Donors

 A special thanks to Clint Hill of Hilly's Photos for supplying us with endless professional photos of our Community Garden, gardeners, and farm; to Jenny Deuel for creating a beautiful DVD that captured the spirit of our Community Gardeners and for her help in grant-writing; to Birgit Bogler for her grant-writing assistance; to Jennifer Assante at Gardens of the World for helping provide us with beautiful, healthy plants, to Seeds of Change for the wonderful organic seed donation,  to Charles Keppler and his team for revitalizing our Nature Trail as part of his Eagle Scout project,  Dan Grinthal and Joe Galica for building the nature trail benches, and to Phil Schaming who donated his time,  effort and talent to create this website at no charge for our non-profit!

 

OUR 501(c)3 BOARD MEMBERS

Linda Grinthal, President

Marissa Blodnik, Vice-President

Michael Beese, Treasurer

Marie Collinson, Secretary

Clinton Hill, 2nd Secretary